Hanasaku Iroha – 15
「マメ、のち、晴れ」 (Mame, Nochi, Hare)
“Bean, After, Sunny”
Continuing on from last week’s cliffhanger, I would like to say that I so called it when I thought of Ohana offering to work during her school trip vacation. Somehow, it wouldn’t have felt right if she didn’t step up and do something to remedy the situation thrown in front of her. But even after getting rejected by the owner the first time, it never fails to impress me how far Ohana will go to fix things that are bothering her.
Something about P.A. Works’ ability to drive a story forward is what really makes this show as impressive as it is. With the past fourteen or so episodes giving us a clear look at just how determined Ohana can be, it was so entertaining how they managed to display just enough of Ohana’s selflessness to keep us thinking about her while still focusing on Yuina and her battle to discover herself.
Who would have thought that all it would take to get Yuina jealous would be for Ohana to steal her man from her? All jokes aside, it amazes me that she was able to hold out for so long; especially since she comes off as a character who seems to love basking in the limelight. Even though it feels like Yuina doesn’t view Ohana as a rival, I’m sure she didn’t enjoy Ohana stealing Yosuke’s attention. Accident or not, it made me smile watching Yuina grow up a bit. While it feels like she’s only hit the tip of the iceberg, a little bit of hard labor and jealously can drive a person pretty far!
With this arc spanning two episodes, I thought it really helped bring things to a satisfying close. Yuina learning a little bit about what it’s like to work for a change and discovering a little bit about herself in the process, Yosuke gaining the ability to listen and understand those working underneath him in hopes of becoming a better manager, Ohana once again doing things to help others which then inspires others to come along for the ride, and Minko being somewhat friendlier towards Ohana.
All in all, not too shabby for an episode that didn’t even focus on the main characters right? While I was hoping for Okami to give Ohana some type of compliment, I suppose a delighted smile is still the best we’re going to get. I don’t know about you but the preview for next week’s episode had me scratching my head for a few seconds. No background music, just a bunch of laughter and from what I can guess a young Enishi calling out for Okami — nothing creepy about that at all right?